Monday, September 9, 2013

Picture Book Day - Penguin Cha-Cha & Conference Recap

Today I'm featuring a brand new picture book that was written and illustrated by the wonderful Kristi Valiant. I had the chance to meet Kristi this weekend at Indiana SCBWI's Picture Book Day. She is as nice in person as I thought she would be. I will share more about the conference in a bit. 

by: Kristi Valiant
Random House 2013

From the jacket flap:
When penguins at a theme park become fascinated by the dancers who perform there, the typical penguin shuffle turns into a dance-floor extravaganza. And when Julia, a curious little girl, becomes fascinated by the penguins and their new hobby, she is determined to join in the fun.

Get ready to move, groove, whirl, and twirl with Julia and her penguin pals in this funny and spirited story.

Why kids will love it: Children love to move around, so seeing Julia and the penguins shake and dance will get them in the spirit. The onomatopoeia and lyrical language will have kids wanting it read over and over, and it is such a fun book that adults won't mind.

What I learned as a writer: Kristi's use of language is amazing and the text flows just like a book of dancing should. It is such fun to read!

For more penguin fun, check out the book website

Another cool aspect of this book is that Kristi does all her illustrating on the computer, even her sketching. Check out her website to see more of her work.

As I mentioned, I attended a picture book workshop this past weekend. The main speaker for the conference was Tammi Sauer. If you follow my blog, you know how much I adore Tammi's books. Not only did I get to hear her speak, but I got to spend some quality time with her. It was such a cool experience for me!  Check out some of her books that I've featured on my blog.

I would be remiss if I also didn't mention my traveling buddies and roommates for the conference - Leslie Helakoski and Ruth McNally Barshaw. They both shared so much information on writing and the business, my head is so full from all I learned.  I featured Leslie's newest book last month - Doggone Feet! and I will be sharing Ruth's books - the Ellie McDoodle books - soon.

I hope you have a great rest of the week. I will be back next Monday with a middle grade post. See you then!